Editor's Note: Maimonides writes: "Maintaining a healthy and sound body is among the ways of G‑d's service, for one cannot understand or have any knowledge of the Creator, if he is ill" (Laws of De'ot 4:1). Furthermore: "Whoever is idle and does not exercise... even if he eats the proper foods and takes care to follow the rules of medicine, will be full of pain for all his days and his strength will fade away" (ibid., 4:15). And considering that exercise is especially beneficial in difficult and pressure-filled times, we offer here some useful exercising tips.

I have completed over 75 triathlons within the last 25 years, and I offer the following training tips to fellow CEOs interested in competitive athletics.

  • Whatever the goal, it will help keep you focused and committedPick a sport or an activity you enjoy. While many people ask which is the best activity to stay fit or to lose weight, I always suggest finding the activity you like because it is easier to stay committed.
  • Cross train. It helps alleviate boredom by switching it up while working a larger variety of muscles.
  • Exercise moderately. By not over-doing it, you will avoid burn out. If you are training for an event, increase effort in the days leading up to the race, but afterwards return to moderation.
  • Have a goal. Whatever the goal, event or milestone, it will help keep you focused and committed.
  • Avoid injury. Preventative measures include: checking in with a doctor from time to time, stretching, avoiding weight gain, eating healthy, etc.
  • Keep at it. This is the key. There are plenty of days I just don't feel up to exercising or am just too tired. It is important to do something anyway on those days.
  • Take pride in the effort. Feel good about achieving your goals and putting forth the effort.